Got Creativity? Get Adjusted. 

 September 19, 2010

By  Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

I’ve been sharing ways to exercise your brain.  Chiropractors are very much interested in making sure your nervous system works well.  Along those lines, the Chiropractic Journal of Australia published a very interesting research article.  It’s authors are Charles S. Masarsky and Marion Todres-Masarsky.  As an aside they wrote a fantastic textbook called Somatovisceral Aspects of Chiropractic — An Evidence-Based Approach.  If one wants great information on how chiropractic care can effect organ function, this is a wonderful source.  With this in mind it makes perfect sense they would have a pilot study like this paper discusses.

The title is: “Effect of a Single Chiropractic Adjustment on Divergent Thinking and Creative Output: A Pilot Study, Part 1.”  The abstract can be found here.  The idea was to measure “divergent thinking” before and after a single adjustment.  We’ve said (we chiropractors) for decades that adjustments effect your entire nervous system in a good way.  In the past 15 years there have been quite few studies that show adjustments would effect brain function.  So it would make sense and adjustment would change creative thinking.  For the better!

Ten people where tested.  Between 10 to 62 years old.  Nine of the subjects were currently involved in a real-world task involving some form of creative thinking.  Seven of the subjects were also experiencing some form of musculoskeletal pain at eh time of the study.  Standardized tests where used eight days after the adjustment to get feedback to “ascertain their own impressions of any changes they experienced in the realm of creative thinking.”  Six of the ten experienced improvements in the “alternate uses test.”  “New directions in a real-world creative task” for seven out of ten, while six people showed “renewed energy towards a creative project” that was already in the works for the study participants.  None of the participants report negative effects on creativity from the adjustment.

The authors conclude it is clear the results suggest a short term enhancement in creative  thinking following a chiropractic adjustment.  Naturally they do not overstate the results due to the small sample size.  However, the study was done well and there isn’t a good reason to doubt a larger sample size would result in wildly different results.  So go ahead, get adjusted, and get inspired!

Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

Dr. Stover grew up in Richmond. He has been married to his wife Andrea since 2000 and they make their home in Mechanicsville with their children, Avery and Garnett.

Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

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